Arts In Context Shorts: Experimental Response Cinema

This week’s Art In Context Shorts focuses on a group exploring the limits of film. Experimental Response Cinema showcases those films that explore the untapped possibilities of cinema. By unearthing experimental films hidden in archives and publicizing new experimental works, the local organization offers viewers the chance to marvel together as images merge, pop, and glide across the silver screen. Highlighting the works of filmmakers like Roger Beebe, whose films combine multiple projectors and innovative cinematography, Experimental Response Cinema is an invaluable contributor and cultivator of Austin’s robust film scene. Creating installations that are half film and half art to audiences eager to experience a unique and imaginative side of cinema.

Highlights May 17-23

KLRU Highlights

On Call The Midwife Sunday at 7 pm, Trixie and Sister Mary Cynthia team up to support a deaf mother-to-be, while a case of morning sickness proves more serious than initially suspected.

With the deadline of his hasty promise looming, Harry stocks the store for the ultimate sale. As other businesses accuse him of playing unfairly, the public and the shareholders are worked into a frenzy, and Harry must prepare for the worst in the thrilling Season 3 finale of Mr. Selfridge, Sunday at 8 pm.

In 1971, eight citizens broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, took hundreds of damning secret files and shared them with the public and the press. Now, for the first time, they tell their story on Independent Lens 1971, Monday at 9 pm.

War For Guam, Monday at 10:30 pm, is a documentary about World War II and its enduring legacy in Guam, a U.S. territory since 1898. It tells the extraordinary story of how the Native people of Guam, the Chamorros, remained loyal to the U.S. under a brutal Japanese occupation, only to be later stripped of much of their ancestral lands by the American military.

Frontline Secrets, Politics And Torture Tuesday at 9 pm, investigates the fight over the CIA’s controversial interrogation methods, widely criticized as torture, through recently declassified documents and interviews with key political leaders and CIA insiders.

The 442nd Regimental Combat Team was an infantry regiment in the United States Army comprised of Americans of Japanese ancestry who fought in Italy and France during World War II against the German Army of Hitler’s Third Reich. Four-Four-Two, F Company At War follows the exploits of the company through the letters of 1st Sergeant Jack Wakamatsu and interviews of five “F” Company veterans. Airs Tuesday at 10 pm.

Nature Sagebrush Sea, Wednesday at 7 pm, explores of the most overlooked ecosystems on the continent: a massive sea of sagebrush that stretches across 11 states in the American West.

NOVA Rise Of The Hackers, Wednesday at 8 pm, goes behind the scenes of the fast-paced world of cryptography to meet the scientists battling to keep our data safe. They are experts in extreme physics, math, and a new field called “ultra-paranoid computing,” all working to forge unbreakable codes and build ultra-fast computers.

Michael Palin’s epic voyages have seen him circumnavigate the globe, travel from the North to the South Pole and circle the countries of the Pacific Ocean, but perhaps the greatest challenge facing an intrepid explorer is crossing the vast and merciless Sahara Desert. Sahara With Michael Palin Dire Straits shows the explorer-adventurer at his very best, Wednesday at 9 pm.

The Grammy-winning Bon Iver performs material from its self-titled second album on Austin City Limits, Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 10 pm.

Thursday at 7 pm, former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank joins Overheard With Evan Smith. Frank is known as one of the most prominent gay politicians in American history and was the first sitting member of Congress to enter a same-sex marriage.

Arts In Context A Light In The Dark, Thursday at 7:30 pm, profiles Gail Chovan, whose locally made, handcrafted clothing challenges notions of traditional beauty.

Thursday at 8 pm on BBQ with Franklin: Brisket, learn how the brisket became a popular centerpiece of Central Texas BBQ. Hear from legends of Texas BBQ and be guided through a step-by-step brisket cook experiment using three different methods.

On The Daytripper: Schulenburg, Thursday at 8:30 pm, Chet explores the “Painted Churches of Texas” and dives into the German and Czech history of Central Texas with stops to a sausage maker, polka museum, and Texas dance hall serving hot schnitzel.

Operation Appreciation follows the volunteers as they collect cookies, brownies and doughnuts from local stores, and baked goods made by people in the community to distribute at Fort Hood, America’s largest military base. Airs Thursday at 9 pm.

Mosaic: The Deep Eddy Mural Project, Thursday at 9:30 pm, tells the story of the iconic art piece at the historic pool. Integrating art therapy with local workshops, Wanda Montemayor and her team spent nearly four years planning, developing and creating each of the countless individual tiles that would become part of the colossal mosaic mural at Deep Eddy Pool.

Enjoy a concert in celebration of the Lincoln Awards, 8 pm Friday, which recognize outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and support to veterans and military families.

President Obama and First Lady, Michelle Obama welcome Mary J. Blige, Common, John Fogerty, Willie Nelson, Romeo Santos and more on Salute To The Troops: In Performance At The White House Friday at 9 pm.

See how ponds, fountains, and backyard streams make a splash with wildlife on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, visit a DIY pond joined by a greenhouse and corral for rescued goats.

American Graduate Champion: Latinitas

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

latinitas (1)Today’s Champion is Latinitas. Latinitas, an Austin-based nonprofit organization, is dedicated to empowering Latina youth using media and technology, providing direct digital media and technology training and esteem-boosting services to nearly 3,500 girls and teens across Texas annually, 2500 in Central and 1000 more in West Texas. Latinitas envisions a future in which all Latina and other girls of color are strong and confident in their image. Founded in 2002, by Alicia Rascon and Laura Donnelly Gonzalez, then-journalism students at UT Austin fed up with the misrepresentation of Latinas in media, Latinitas has served over 20,000 girls and teens through after school clubs, weekend workshops, camps and conferences at 112 Austin schools, libraries and community centers generating content for Latinitas magazine, still the first and only magazine made for and by young Latinas.

The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “For 13 years Latinitas has been empowering girls using media and technology, securing diverse voices in media, providing much needed digital access and training to communities of color and all under the theme of celebrating identity and culture. They bridge that divide between Austin’s prosperity and young communities of color.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

University-Bound Seniors Celebrated at College Signing Day

Higher-Ed bound students celebrate at College Signing Day.

Higher-Ed bound students celebrate at College Signing Day.

 

May saw Central Texas host its first College Signing Day, an event aimed at honoring high school seniors taking the next step into higher learning.

Over 400 students from 24 different high schools took part in the pep rally hosted by Huston-Tillotson University, where they pledged to pursue their higher education goals..

“It is a wonderful thing to be able to congratulate these young people on achieving their college dreams,” stated Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro.

For many students, realizing their dream of higher education is more than a personal accomplishment; it also serves as an inspiration for future generations.

“It’s not just them, it’s them being a role model,” said E3 Alliance President Susan Dawson.

Senior Delilah Miramontes echoed that mentality, hoping she can inspire those close to home.

“It’s such a big step for my family,” she said. “My parents didn’t go to college, and I know this inspires my little brother to continue.”

The event was tied to National Decision Day, a nationwide event meant to celebrate seniors for their post secondary plans.

Arts In Context Shorts: Second Saturdays

This week’s Arts In Context Shorts focuses on a monthly arts event for families. Every second Saturday of the month, The Contemporary Austin hosts family art-making activities at Laguna Gloria. Second Saturdays is a great way to make contemporary art accessible to families as it provides the opportunity to spend a relaxing day in a beautiful sculpture garden and learn about how nature influences art. Canopy Tower, a sculpture crafted specifically for Laguna Gloria, provided the inspiration for the table-top biospheres families gathered to create here.

 

Q Night at the Movies 5/9

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

This week’s Q Night at the Movies features an all-new On Story, the feature film An Affair To Remember and back to back documentaries on doctors and nurses.

On Story Deconstructing The Fly at 7:30 pm
Mick Garris (Masters of Horror) and Alvaro Rodriguez (Machete) deconstruct the shock, suspense, and subtleties of David Cronenberg’s The Fly and how his execution has contributed to the legitimacy and intellect of the horror genre.

Feature film An Affair To Remember at 8 pm
Engaged to others, two cruise-ship passengers (Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr) plan to reunite six months later atop the Empire State Building.

Pioneers of Television Doctors and Nurses at 9:59 pm
From George Clooney on “ER” to Richard Chamberlain on “Dr. Kildare,” television’s long love affair with doctors and nurses shows no signs of letting up. Noah Wyle, Anthony Edwards, Gloria Reuben and Eriq LaSalle open up about the secrets of “ER”; Howie Mandel, Ed Begley Jr. and Christina Pickles revisit “St. Elsewhere.”

No Evidence of Disease at 11 pm
This documentary follows a unique rock band made up of six gynecologic oncology surgeons from across the country who are taking healing and the arts to a new level (the band’s name comes from the four words every patient prays to hear, “No Evidence of Disease”). Created as a cover band to entertain their peers at a medical conference, the members soon saw the potential to reach women in a powerful way – through music.

 

Science Night May 13

Growing up is never easy, and finding food, avoiding predators and making friends does not always come naturally on Nature Animal Childhood at 7 pm Wednesday.

A deadly recipe threatens the survival of countless creatures throughout Earth’s oceans as carbon dioxide levels rise on Nova Lethal Seas at 8 pm Wednesday.

Michael Palin’s epic voyages have seen him circumnavigate the globe but perhaps the greatest challenge facing an intrepid explorer is crossing the vast and merciless Sahara Desert on Sahara with Michael Palin at 9 pm Wednesday.

Highlights May 10-16

KLRU Highlights

The love between Tommy and Gert makes Fred think about taking the next step with Violet on Call the Midwife at 7 pm Sunday.

The store takes a big gamble and Victor hits on a survival strategy on episode seven of season three of Mr. Selfridge on Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday.

Henry’s love for Anne Boleyn has given way to anger and distrust on episode six of Wolf Hall on Masterpiece at 9 pm Sunday.

Follow the evolution of daredevil choreographer Elizabeth Streb on Independent Lens Born to Fly at 9 pm Monday.

Director Wayne Wang (The Joy Luck Club) ventures into the world of Cecilia Chiang, the woman who introduced America to authentic Chinese food on Soul of a Banquet at 10 pm Monday.

Roosevelts: An Intimate History at 7 pm Tuesday focuses on the years between 1901 and 1910 as murder brings Theodore Roosevelt to the presidency.

Frontline at 8 pm Tuesday investigates the spread of dangerous pathogens in our meat – particularly poultry – and why the food-safety system isn’t stopping the threat.

Growing up is never easy, and finding food, avoiding predators and making friends does not always come naturally on Nature Animal Childhood at 7 pm Wednesday.

A deadly recipe threatens the survival of countless creatures throughout Earth’s oceans as carbon dioxide levels rise on Nova Lethal Seas at 8 pm Wednesday.

Michael Palin’s epic voyages have seen him circumnavigate the globe but perhaps the greatest challenge facing an intrepid explorer is crossing the vast and merciless Sahara Desert on Sahara with Michael Palin at 9 pm Wednesday.

Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples showcase classic R&B, blues and pop on Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and 9:30 pm Friday.

Comedian Marc Maron on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts In Context Classical Undead at 7:30 pm Thursday takes a behind the scenes  look at the String Quartet Smackdown and the Golden Hornet Project.

The Daytripper goes to Round Rock and Monahans on back-to-back episodes starting at 8 pm.

Ric Burns’ documentary American Masters American Ballet Theater at 8 pm Friday delves into the rich, 75-year history of one of the world’s pre-eminent ballet companies.

The best of Austin and British Invasion musicians perform in celebration of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians Friday at 10:30 pm. Performances include Eric Burdon & The Animals, The Zombies, Alejandro Escovedo, Ian McLagan, Ruthie Foster, Shinyribs, Van Wilks, Malford Milligan, Guy Forsyth, Monte Montgomery, Shawn Sahm, Erin Ivey, Hector Ward, and the All ATX band.

Grab the kids and let’s sow some seeds for easy summertime flowers to attract wildlife on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a young couple shows how they’re carving out lawn for food and flowers in their new yard.

The Grammy-winning Bon Iver performs material from its self-titled second album on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

KLRU announces local 2015 PBS Kids Writers Contest Winners

writers contest 2015

Today, KLRU announced the local winners of the 2015 PBS KIDS Writers Contest. The first place winners in grades K-3 will advance to the national level of the contest. Over 190 creative entries were received from local children and 13 winners were chosen for first place, second place, and third place recognitions:

1ST PLACE WINNERS:

2ND PLACE WINNERS:

3RD PLACE WINNERS:

“At KLRU we were truly inspired by the enthusiasm and talent that this year’s contest entries demonstrated,” said Ben Kramer, Director of KLRU’s Educational Services Department. “Each year KLRU is a proud participant in PBS KIDS’ annual Writers Contest as it advances KLRU’s commitment to helping grow children’s literacy skills while encouraging expression and imagination. KLRU celebrates the talented children of our community and we wish the winners advancing to the national contest the best of luck.”

You can read all stories submitted in the KLRU area

The annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest is a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest encourages children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity by submitting their own original stories and illustrations.

KLRU’s first place winners will advance to the national contest and a panel of some of America’s foremost children’s authors, illustrators and media creators will serve as honorary judges and rank the top 12 finalists. National winners will be announced this summer and the winning stories will be featured on pbskids.org/writerscontest.

The national winners will receive prize packages including a library of ARTHUR® books by best-selling children’s author, Marc Brown, courtesy of national prizing sponsor, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and a personal technology device courtesy of PBS. The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is produced by PBS and based on the Reading Rainbow® Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, a concept developed by WNED-TV, Buffalo.

To learn more about the contest, visit pbskids.org/writerscontest.

Tired of on-air pledge drives? Give to #yourklru instead!

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“I typically watch a LOT less during pledge drives.”

“It makes me mad when the pledge drives override a favorite program.”

“The very things we donate for are not served up during a pledge week.”

You spoke, and KLRU is listening! This June, KLRU is embarking on an unprecedented 5 day online giving drive and we’re asking you to Save the Date to GIVE!

You’re probably asking yourself “what is a 5 day online giving drive and how does it affect me?” First, you can expect to see your regularly scheduled programs – we won’t be pre-empting your favorite shows for special pledge programming. Second, we won’t be breaking into your shows to ask for your support. Instead, we’re relying on YOU and all Central Texans to come together to help us raise $50,000 in just 5 days!

GIVE by Saving-the-date to donate online at klru.org June 1st – 5th.

ENGAGE by sharing what you love about KLRU on social media today and hashtagging it #yourklru.

INSPIRE by spreading the word to friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to Save-the-Date to give too!

Fundraising drives are essential to KLRU’s financial stability - over 85% of KLRU’s annual funding comes from community support, but only 3% of KLRU’s weekly viewers make an annual donation to the station. Which is why we’re counting on YOU to do your part to help us transform the way we fundraise by making a gift in support of #yourklru.

It’s a full week of programming brought to you by…YOU! Will you do your part and make a gift in support of #yourklru, June 1st – 5th at klru.org?